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31 posts
Mar 13, 2015
10:42 PM
I don't know if there has been another topic started already about cars, but I thought I'd start this one..

The question is :
What car did you drive that you now regret that you didn't keep?!!

I'll start:

I had a yellow 65 Ford Mustang in 1973. I traded it in ( forgot why )... but I traded it for a 1969 Convertible green Firebird. What I wouldn't give to have those 2 babys both back ( in pristine condition of course ) in my garage now ;-(

Last Edited by missinthen on Mar 17, 2015 1:17 PM
294 posts
Mar 14, 2015
12:57 AM
The clarifier "regret that you didn't keep" is a tough one. We lived in SW Ohio, not Arizona or Nevada, so any cars that we loved "back when" would unfortunately have become hideous rust buckets eventually.

Anyway, my early cars were as follows:

- 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 (owned in 1977-78), looked like Sheriff Andy's police car. Not something I would have wanted to keep, but it was OK for my first car.

- 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 (1978-79) was my first "real" car. Lots of power for a small car with a 351 Windsor 4-barrel, leather seats, great design. Could have been a keeper, but I totaled it as a result of a learning experience driving on black ice.

- 1968 Mercury Cougar (1978-83), not as special as my previous ride, but it was a very nice car in pretty good shape. I did keep it for a while after it was replaced, but I didn't really have use for a back-up car, so I had to sell it. This would probably have been my best "keeper", but as I said, it wasn't any kind of special or unique model.

- 1972 Chevrolet Corvette (1981-87), the only non-Ford product that I have ever owned. This was a fun car to own and drive, and I bought it when the investment cost was at the bottom of the price curve - the best thing about that was that I was able to sell it 6 years later for a higher price than what I paid for it. This was a great investment model, as 1972 was the last year for chrome bumpers at both ends, and the last year for the removable rear window (really made a difference when the T-tops were off). I repainted the car before I sold it, which made it a real shame to let go since it looked so good, but it did have certain issues that would have hurt its value as a "keeper", e.g. it didn't have the original transmission (numbers didn't match), and the A/C didn't work (that really sucked since I was living in Florida when I sold it).

Thus, I don't really have any regrets, just pleasant memories...
552 posts
Mar 14, 2015
6:07 AM
1966 GTO
luv my dayton
885 posts
Mar 14, 2015
7:05 AM
my parents bought a new Plymouth Belvedere back in 1956. Was yellow and white with push button transmission on left side of dash. Learned to drive in that car and later bought it from my parents. Interior stayed like new but the car started falling apart with rust.Went from that to a 1965 mustang. Have had various vehicles over the years but will always remember that car.

Last Edited by luv my dayton on Mar 14, 2015 7:06 AM
275 posts
Mar 14, 2015
2:46 PM
My first car was a 1969 Ford Fairlane Coupe 3 speed on the colume. Wished I would have kept it.
12 posts
Mar 14, 2015
6:27 PM
My first car was a '69 Camaro we nicknamed the Bondo Beast. My dad sold his '67 Fairlane GT not too long before I got my license. He said he did it to save my life and he was probably right!

Last Edited by Cushwakid on Mar 14, 2015 6:28 PM
647 posts
Mar 14, 2015
6:43 PM
First cool car I got was in about 1967 about 2 years after HS graduation. I was a 1961 Pontiac Royal Oak Bobcat that was built by George Montgomery. I traded that to a guy for a 1966 silver 427/425hp corvette convert which I then traded in for a new 1969 gold 427/435 corvette convert that I later had the Egyptian paint. Not sure which I would pick but probably the 69.

1987 Buick GN
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6 posts
Mar 17, 2015
6:17 AM
in 1970 my first was a '63 Nova SS 283 powerglide with 63k miles (400$). Bought it from a doctor who literally never changed the oil, only added. The first thing we did was tear the engine apart and rebuild. The crud inside the engine was a half inch thick.
The car would really scoot. Loved that car...
joey m
342 posts
Mar 17, 2015
8:35 AM
In 61 first car was a jacked up 55 chevy 2dr with a 283 punched out to 4" with a 3 speed with a Hurst shifter. Then 57 Chevy 2dr sedan, then new 65 SS Chevy 327 300, then 77 Vette and the list goes on.
65 posts
Mar 18, 2015
6:07 PM
Joey m and all you other car aficionados, love your posts, but thought we were to speak English! Just kidding. My first car was a 1953 TANK made by Ford, and the only thing Jacked up about it was my dad when he thought he found me a real bargain. I don’t remember how many doors it had, because it was all I could do to get the driver’s door open, never tried to tempt fate and open another one. Not much use to anyway, I only drove the car about a week without “power steering” and at the end of that week, I was the one that was punched out with trying to move this tank around town. And if that weren't enough I have no idea what a Hurst shifter is, but this little beauty did have a 99 pound weakling shifter, ME! My bargain hunting dad ended up taking it back to the man he bought it from and got his money back,,,can’t say I missed it. I launched the SS TANK as soon as I could. By the way, what does SS stand for? Happy Driving.
648 posts
Mar 18, 2015
6:41 PM
SS usually stood for Super Sport model. Usually a model that was fancier or had more options than the base model.

1987 Buick GN
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9 posts
Mar 19, 2015
6:10 AM
My first car was a "66 Chevy Impala SS. Worth a mint today. I traded it for a '70 Chevy Nova. I loved that first Chevy, not to mention gas was 19.9 cents a gall on back then due to gas wars in south Dayton, and they pumped it, cleaned the windshield, and checked the oil.
22 posts
Mar 20, 2015
1:55 AM
LOL Daytongirl.
Hi Barbara. .I know nothing about cars either.
my 1st husband was an ace mechanic in the 60s.
he would buy a heap for 50 dollars and make it run like new.
he gave up trying to teach me about different models, etc.
joey m
344 posts
Mar 20, 2015
8:19 AM
Daytongirl01 Liked your post and never thought about my motor head description. It's posts like your's that puts a smile on my face. And to make it clear I've had my share of "BEATERS". BEATERS: Def. Rough, Clunker, Junker ready for the Bone Yard. "GREAT MEMORIES"
96 posts
Mar 20, 2015
8:55 AM
My first car was a 1964 Chevy Impala, white and then when I went into the Air Force, my brother put an Earl Schibe special blue color on it!
649 posts
Mar 20, 2015
3:52 PM
I had a friend in about 68 that had a car painted by Earl Schibe. He waited a few weeks than ran it through the car wash. Half the paint pealed off and since it was a white car with dark primer underneath, it looked like a Guernsey Cow. We laughed till we cried.

1987 Buick GN
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